Michigan Looks to Italy for Economic Relief

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A delegation of elected, business and union leaders from the Detroit area are in Italy trying to drum up business for economically challenged Wayne County.

The group attended a forum Monday in Turin with about 30 Italian suppliers to Fiat.

Wayne County spokeswoman Stephanie Baron says the group includes County Executive Robert Ficano, United Auto Workers president Bob King and Detroit Regional Chamber President and Chief Executive Sandy Baruah.

Baron says they are presenting an overview of the Detroit area and its assets to attract suppliers.

U.S. automaker Chrysler has been run by Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne since it emerged from bankruptcy protection last year and plans to start selling the tiny Italian-designed Fiat 500 in the U.S. starting in December.


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